Canada Seminar (via Zoom)


Monday, March 8, 2021, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Online Only

"Canadian Oil at a Crossroads"

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Angela CarterAssociate Professor, Department of Political Science & Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo.

Katie Mazer, William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program. Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University.

Christina Shivers, Graduate Student Affiliate; Graduate Research Fellow, Canada Program. PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Troy Vettese, William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program. PhD, Department of History, New York University.


Helen Clayton

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Elke WinterWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program; Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. Professor of Sociology, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa.

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Natural resources have long figured at the heart of Canada’s national imaginary and political economy. For the past half-century, Canadian resources [or oil? petroleum?] have played a crucial political and economic role in fueling the expansion of US capitalism. But catastrophic climate change, Canada’s promises of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and growing cross-border movements for Indigenous rights and climate justice, have thrown the assumed expansion of the North American oil industry into question. The papers in this panel place the current conjuncture in context, examining the history, politics, and ideologies underpinning Canada’s oil economy. Together they highlight this powerful industry’s conditions of possibility and ask what the current moment means for the future—and perhaps the end—of Canadian oil.